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Entries from April 2009

Should you apply law school if you are rejected by business school?

April 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’ve received quite a few emails from folks who are considering applying law school. It’s interesting what they share in common: they’re all young, smart, and ambitious. they attended well-known undergraduate programs. In fact, several of them graduated from Ivy schools. They have all done exceptionally well throughout their academic careers. they have limited work […]

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Tags: Go Back to School · MBA · MBA or Not

Why are some companies so secretive about their layoffs?

April 24th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Lately I start to hear from fellow readers about unannounced layoffs. Here are a couple of examples: Juniper Networks quietly started laying people off in January.  Most of the layoffs the reader knew about were in Engineering and IT, and a large number of them were in management roles. had also laid off employees […]

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Tags: News

The master strikes again — Quick thoughts on Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun Microsystems

April 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Oracle announced this morning that it is buying Sun Microsystems in a deal valued approximately $7.4 billion. I’d like to offer a few quick thoughts: This is a brilliant strategic move by Larry Ellison, a master of acquiring enterprise technology companies. Oracle’s bread-and-butter is database. Its single biggest threat is the open source MySql database. […]

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Tags: Company Analysis · News · Product Management

The World is flat, but

April 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I enjoyed reading New York Times best-seller The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. But, I feel that Thomas Friedman painted an overly rosy and simplistic picture of globalization. Let me tell you a true story. I have a friend who works for one of the largest IT outsourcing companies […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Work/Life Balance

Will someone with a perfect GMAT score make a great GMAT coach?

April 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments

A few years ago, right before I graduated from business school, I saw a job ad from a GMAT preparation company — it’s looking for GMAT instructors. One of the job requirements was that they only hire people who had scored in the 99th percentile on an actual GMAT test. It’s one of their key […]

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Tags: Management · MBA

What do these men share in common?

April 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Please take a look at the following table. What do these men share in common? Name Birthday Age as of 4/18/2009 David Murdock 4/10/1923 86 Sheldon Adelson 8/4/1933 75 Warren Buffet 8/30/1930 78 Charlie Munger 1/1/1924 85 Rupert Murdoch 3/11/1931 78   All of them are more than 75 years old billionaire still working They […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Work/Life Balance

Can you double your take-home pay in 12 months?

April 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We’re having the most severe economic downturn since World War II. Everyone is trying to hold onto their jobs. Many companies have suspended merit-based pay raises and bonuses. If you want to increase your take-home pay, you will have to do it on your own. Let me challenge you: assume you’ll hold onto your current […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Learning and Growing · Start-up Success

A brief survey of the MBA admission consulting market

April 13th, 2009 · 9 Comments

When I applied MBA program eight years ago, there were a few MBA admission consultants. I never used any of them. But, if you search "MBA Admission Consultant " on Google today, it’s mind-boggling how many MBA admission consultants are coming back in the search results. MBA Admission Consulting is a booming industry. I have […]

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Tags: MBA

Are you falling behind?

April 9th, 2009 · 3 Comments

  I started elementary school one and half years later than my peers. Although I finished all of the required classes in four years in college, I didn’t feel that I was ready for the real world. So, I stayed for one extra semester to take classes I enjoyed. (I paid for all of the […]

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Tags: Corporate Ladder · Learning and Growing

Should a start-up enters emerging markets?

April 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments

A friend works for a start-up company. They’re on track to generate $30 million revenue this year, which will allow the company break even. Eighty percent of the revenue are from the US, while the other twenty percent are from western Europe. They still have about $10 million of cash that they received as part […]

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Tags: Build a Company · Innovation · Start-up Success